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How do you get it all taught in a day????

Jun 11, 2013 12:08am

between lunch, MAPS, recess, someone getting sick, taking up money, replying to notes in folders, etc.
it is almost impossible to teach all 6 subjects to first graders everyday. :-)
i just need to hear a new perspective on this. i usually don't stress about it at all. but...we are now being tested and i want to be sure to cover most things on the standards. we are now following the common core standards but the test they take doesn't cover the standards we teach during the year.
thanks! i hope everyone is enjoying summer break!

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies / Technology / Other
  • Pre K-2
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Common Core / Planning


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    • Jun 16, 2013 9:43pm

      I am not so sure you need a new perspective on this. Great teachers have been doing this for years. Great elementary teachers like Rafe Esquith, Fumiop Ueda, and Phillipe Tremont all have published books as the leading teachers of elementary level and secondary teachers in their respective countries. They have used time tested approaches and techniques that have been working for years. There really is no need to reinvent the wheel. Just get the wheel going in class and don't let it stop moving. Stay focused and organized and plan everything. If you can'r get to something in the day, then don't, and wait for the next day.

      • Jun 22, 2013 12:43pm

        Some ideas to incorporate into your classroom routines may include cross curricular lessons and using a timer (yes, even for first graders). Think about how math and ELA can be combined, or write about social studies. Start with the central story and build on it by bringing in other related texts from math, science, and social studies. What is the end product you want from the students? What is the essential question you want the students to think about as you teach? How will what you teach reinforce the overall theme?
        Many teachers have your concerns. Good luck!

        • Jun 24, 2013 10:46am

          I have the same concerns! Here is what we are going to try next year in third grade.
          Integrate subjects and try centers to review concepts from previous lessons. For example, while you read with a group, have the others doing a math center, a science activity, or vocabulary activity. It's a lot, but it works.

          • Nov 18, 2013 5:44pm

            I don't--- I am constantly in triage, but with the thought in mind that teaching reading is the most important thing for first graders, because it is the key to future success and this is the time to accomplish it.